by Cloe Gray, Ph.D., Senior Medical Writer at BioSerenity
October 10, 2022 | Neurology
Carrie Fisher: Bipolar disorder
Carrie Fisher was an American actress most well known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films (1977-1983 and 2015-2019). She was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Carrie Fisher wrote the semi-autobiographical book Postcards from the Edge and the autobiography Wishful Drinking, which she turned into a one-woman stage show. She was open throughout her life about having bipolar disorder. Her openness about this mental illness gained her plaudits from the healthcare community because it raised awareness of this condition among the public. Carrie Fisher died in 2016 at the age of 60.
What is bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder characterized by mood swings between mania and depression that can affect daily function. Mania typically involves a person feeling invincible or indestructible and may involve psychosis or hallucinations. They may engage in risky behavior, go on shopping sprees, and do other impulsive acts. Mania often can threaten a person’s job and relationships. Hypomania may also occur, with similar symptoms as mania but not as severe, and does not involve psychosis. Depression typically involves feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of motivation. Bipolar disorder is thought to be caused by a combination of genetics, exposure to stress, and differences in brain structure.
It is typically treated with mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, and antidepressants. Talk therapy is also recommended.
How can BioSerenity help with the diagnosis of bipolar disorder?
BioSerenity is developing remote diagnostics and physiologic signal recording to help in the detection of depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Our goal is to provide a portable, ambulatory diagnostic device to allow screening and biomarker analysis of physiologic parameters consistent with these affective disorders.
Do you think you might have bipolar disorder? Ask your doctor for more information regarding a diagnosis with BioSerenity.